Professor Askins has a PhD from CUNY Graduate Center, an MA from Boston University, and a BA in Psychology from the College of Staten Island. He specializes in essay writing, book reviewing, and poetry. His interests include the environment and Native American traditions like the sweat lodge and the vision quest. Dr. Askins has published a naturalist's autobiography titled In Search of the Wild, and his The Legendary Neversink was published by Skyhorse Press. He feels that "the Earth is at the center of my teachings. I try to make my students more aware of their dependence on the Earth and the great joy and beauty the Earth affords." Visit his blog at Rebirth in the Hollow.